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Senior Research Scientist - Food Safety and Stability Melbourne VIC AU Job at CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Lead & conduct food safety and food quality research

  • Apply innovative food processes, systems and technologies to the Agrifood sector

  • Join CSIRO, Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


Our microbial food safety & stability capability teams are part of the Food Program which delivers science that underpins the development and delivery of healthy, safe and sustainable foods, food ingredients and beverages for Australia’s food industry and global consumers.


CSIRO is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Scientist with expertise in food processing microbiology. The position will manage facilities and conduct research in the application of innovative food processes and/or technologies to the Agrifood sector. This role will involve collaboration with the many users of the Food Innovation Centre (FIC) in Werribee as well as other internal and exernal clients. The FIC involves close-to-market research for local and international food manufacturing industry clients and internal CSIRO work. As a Senior Food Processing Microbiologist, you will have the opportunity to formulate, develop and complete a research program or project portfolio on safety and stability with elements of innovative food processes including fermentation. The job will include building industry networks, providing and playing a lead role in securing project funds and project delivery.


Please note, we are recruiting 2 positions, one senior research scientist and one research scientist. The research scientist is also currently advertised.

Your duties will include:

  • Within broad guidelines, use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved suite of client and strategic projects aligned to the impact areas of the Food Program.

  • Collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams to develop safe and novel foods, ingredients and beverages for the Australian food industry and global consumers. 

  • Apply broad food domain and food supply chain knowledge to provide sound scientific advice on food processing applications to a range of stakeholders including researchers, industry, regulators and the public.

  • Lead and contribute to ensure timely project delivery, including conducting, interpretation, reporting and communication of research results to relevant audiences.

  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIROs reputation.


Location: Werribee, Victoria

Salary: AU$113k – AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 73563

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in food safety and stability or a related field, with relevant postdoc experience OR significant experience in industry, industrial research centre, or regulatory body.

  • Significant experience as a senior researcher managing large projects or programs that include designing, conducting, analysing and reporting research on food processing to achieve food product stability and safety across a broad range of food industries using a range of experimental approaches.

  • Strong track record of scientific dissemination that may include peer reviewed publications, technical/industry or government reports, presentations at scientific conferences, industry workshops or in public.

  • Strong evidence of anticipating industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison with proven ability to attract external funding from industry.

  • Experience in application of food safety and quality regulations/systems for food manufacturing and compliance, including HACCP, and coordination across a multi-disciplinary program.

  • Evidence supporting an emerging national and/or international reputation in food safety and stability.

  • Ability to lead by example to create a positive work culture that promotes collaboration, inclusiveness and accountability in the workplace.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australias national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

21 June 2021, 11:00pm AEST


We encourage you to apply early. We reserve the right to close the advertising at any time should we find a suitable candidate.


Please note, the advertising has been extended. Previous applicants are still under consideration and do not need to re-apply.

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